Sunday, October 23, 2011

Good Living

My daughter had a soccer game yesterday and my son ran in another 5K.

He came in 2nd overall in his race. (21 minutes 15 seconds - a great time for a hilly course on a chilly morning.)

After the game and the race, we came home to do some yard and housework and then each child had a party to go to yesterday evening.  If you follow my blog regularly you already know that I'm a big believer in replenishing our bodies with good food especially after a busy day like yesterday.  That is so important to a healthy lifestyle and to good living.

I also believe that food that is good for you should also taste good.  The most healthy food is only good for us if I can get my family to eat it.  Believe me, my family is not willing to compromise on taste.  When we have really busy days like yesterday, I think I like to have healthy foods on hand that we can grab and eat while we run between activities.

I started with a recipe from my Williams Sonoma baking cookbook for Oatmeal-Raisin Bread and altered it to create my version of an Oatmeal Yogurt Bread.  Sometimes when I alter a recipe, it doesn't turn out quite like I envision it but this one was absolutely delicious.

Oatmeal Yogurt Bread
1 1/4 cups Fage yogurt
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs

Stir together yogurt and oats.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a loaf pan.
Stir together flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Add the sugar, butter and eggs to the yogurt-oat mixture.  Beat until in mixer until well blended.

Fold in the dry ingredients.
Scrape batter into loaf pan and bake 55 minutes.

Let cool in pan for 30 minutes.

This bread smelled so delicious - I had to slice a piece as soon as it was cool enough to get out of the pan.  It was amazing.  Just a hint of sweetness with a nice subtle blend of spices.  The yogurt really made it a nice and moist.

My family gobbled up the bread.  I did save a couple of slices for my breakfast this morning along with a dish of yogurt.  I toasted my second slice of the Oatmeal Yogurt bread - it was really good warm and toasted. 

As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here:

Bon Appetit!

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